POPE Francis has urged Catholics to pray for small and medium-sized businesses so that “in the midst of economic and social crisis, they find ways to continue operating and serving their communities.”
The Pope released his monthly prayer intention on Tuesday in a video prepared by the pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network.
In the message, he recognised the “courage, effort and sacrifice” of small and medium-sized entrepreneurs”, and acknowledged that they were among the most affected by “the grave socio-economic crisis”, brought to new heights by wars and the devastating Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
According to statistics for 2021 from the World Bank, one in four companies lost half of their volume of sales because of the global pandemic.
Further exacerbating their reality was that they did not receive adequate public assistance.
In his video message, the pope praised those who through their workshops or shops “invest in life,” by “generating well-being, opportunities and work”.
The Holy Father acknowledged their hard work and constant sacrifices made, in order to invest in the common good.
“Stores, workshops, cleaning businesses, transportation businesses and so many others,” he said.
“The ones that don’t appear on the world’s richest and most powerful lists, and despite the difficulties, they create jobs, fulfilling their social responsibility.”
Pope Francis concluded his video message remembering the value of small businesses.
– Vatican News